Blog » DJ Static wins Rumble in the Jungle 2012
For Rhys Grosvenor, aka DJ Static, Rumble in the Jungle had always been a case of always being the bridesmaid, but never the bride. It would be easy to forgive him for never entering the competition again. In 2012 however, he put all that behind him on Saturday, 15 September at the San Francisco Bath House, and he immortalised his name as winner of the Rumble trophy for 2012. He beat out nine other champions in what was a tough competition.
The only entrant to insist on having the prefix of ‘DJ’ as part of his alias, DJ Static of Auckland certainly earned the title in front of a packed out venue, after a hard fought final round against Mohanz from Dunedin and Yanik from Wellington. “I was certainly surprised to make it through to the final round as I thought I’d made a couple of mistakes” DJ Static commented on after the event, “but once I was in the final round, that last set was easy, I knew what I had to do”.
The defining moment of DJ Statics set was his double drop with Foo Fighters ‘The Pretender’, which sent the dance floor into a frenzy; winning him a lot of support from the otherwise parochial crowd. Over the course of his final 20 minute set, he was often using 3 of the 5 decks available, and his ability to mix both vinyl and CDs with strict precision was what ultimately put him out in front in the judge’s decision.
For his efforts, DJ Static takes home a brand new Allen & Heath Xone:DB2 digital mixer, supplied by Jansen Professional Audio and Lighting, as well as securing a set at Northern Bass NYE music festival and some custom hearing protection from Triton Hearing. On top of all the prizes, he will now find his name etched on the custom built steel Rumble in the Jungle trophy, which many would argue is worth as much as all the prizes on offer.
So as we close out the 2012 competition, we must congratulate DJ Static for achieving what he has tried for so many years, and look forward to next years event, with a new batch of Drum and Bass DJs to breakthrough.
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